Apple Seeks Exemption For Older iPhones From India’s Universal USB Type-C Charging Port Rule

Apple currently offers USB Type-C charging port only on the iPhone 15 series. The older models are still on Lightning port.

Highlights
  • Apple says its local production targets will be affected if the rule is implemented.
  • Apple wants the government to either delay the rules or exempt older iPhone models.
  • The Indian government could set a deadline of June 2025 for manufacturers to implement USB Type-C charging ports in all products.
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When Apple launched the iPhone 15 series a few months ago, it came with a significant change, which is the USB Type-C port. It was the first time an iPhone was released without the company’s proprietary lightning port. This decision was not taken because Apple had a change of heart but because it was forced to do so due to an European Union (EU) rule that made it mandatory to use USB-C ports. Now, the Indian government wants to implement a similar rule and Apple is not exactly happy about it, according to reports. Here is everything you need to know.

Apple Says Local Production Targets Will Get Hit From India’s Universal Charging Port Rules

The Indian government recently announced a new rule that it wants manufacturers to release every product in the country with a USB Type-C charging port. It wants to do so to help users as well as reduce e-waste. The rule is similar to what the EU has announced. The Indian rule also applies to existing models and this has become an issue of concern for Apple.

The Cupertino-based tech giant is seeking an exemption for older iPhones from the universal USB Type-C charging port rules in India, according to a report by Reuters. It raised concerns about the situation in a closed-door meeting on November 28 chaired by the Indian IT ministry, noted the news agency. The company’s official told the ministry if older iPhone models were not exempted, its production-linked incentive aka PLI scheme manufacturing targets would be affected.

The PLI scheme is a crucial project of the government that provides fiscal incentives to electronic manufacturers for new investments and incremental phone sales. Apple did not specify to what extent its production targets would be impacted.

Apple further said if the government does not exempt older iPhones, it wants the implementation deadline to be delayed. The current deadline for the universal USB Type-C charging port rule is June 2025, which is six months after the rule gets implemented in the EU, notes the report. Apple would reportedly require 18 months beyond 2024 to comply with regulations if older iPhones are not exempted.

Apple’s concern is understandable as older iPhones play a crucial role in the overall iPhone sales in India. The majority of iPhone users in the country prefer buying older models when they get cheaper once the new generation launches. It is reported that the Indian ministry has decided to review the company’s request and will make a decision later.

Apple was recently reported to be targeting Rs 1 lakh crore iPhone production target by the end of FY24. The company is said to have produced iPhones worth over Rs 60,000 crore in the first seven months. The report added that about 70% of iPhones made in India are sold internationally.